Photo: Elizabeth Mann


ca. 1685

Jeremiah Dummer

American, 1645 - 1718

This three-quart tankard ranks among the rarest objects in American silverwork because of its impressive size and unusual decoration. The chased, fanciful floral and bird design on the tankard was inspired by the popular flowering-tree motif of Chinese silks and Indian chintz fabrics.
8 3/4 in. (22.2 cm)
Gift of Ruth J. Nutt, in honor of the 75th Anniversary of the Seattle Art Museum
Provenance: Ann Gillooly, Jackson/Gillooly, April 30, 1992
Photo: Elizabeth Mann
Now on view at the Seattle Art Museum


Julie Emerson, former Ruth J. Nutt Curator of Decorative Arts, Seattle Art Museum, and John Marshall, master silversmith and former Professor of Art, University of Washington, discuss the Dummer tankard


Exhibition HistorySeattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, An American Sampler, May 18, 2002 - July 4, 2005.

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, American Art: The Stories We Carry, Oct. 20, 2022 - ongoing.
Published References"Seattle Art Museum: Bridging Cultures." London: Scala Publishers Ltd. for the Seattle Art Museum, 2007, p. 27

Emerson, Julie; Junker Patricia. "British Taste in Colonial Boston," A Community of Collectors, Seattle, WA: Seattle Art Museum, 2008, p. 181, illus. 152.

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